There's a peculiar thing happening in my launchpad. On opening it up anytime in general, all the folders show no icons in them but blank squares drawn using dashed lines, the icons don't come back even if I wait a while. If I go inside a folder, the icons are there. If I close launchpad right away and reopen it again immediately, the icons are there. I am almost certain this started after upgrading to Sierra.

Of course, if I do killall Dock, it works but only until I reboot/logout. The other thing advised to do in this case is to remove the .db files in ~/Library/Application Support/Dock but that location is empty on my machine.

This isn't at all a showstopper, but is certainly very odd, and I would like to do something about it, if there's something reasonable that can be done about it, as a long-term/permanent fix.


  • I once had the same problem, but interestingly it was resolved by rebooting.
    – user11633
    Mar 6, 2017 at 21:40
  • There seems to be a solution here, but I'd like to do that without having to reorganise my launchpad from scratch.
    – Enrico
    Mar 26, 2017 at 9:24
  • I now believe this is caused by being the machine being low on memory(RAM). So for anyone else facing this: check your memory usage at the time of this problem.
    – Ahron
    Jan 20, 2018 at 3:57


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